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For what length of time do early HIV symptoms last?

For what length of time do early HIV symptoms last?

Days to weeks: Acute hiv-1 infection is often associated with an acute “retroviral syndrome” that usually includes fever with a variety of nonspecific clinical and laboratory abnormalities. In contrast, subjects with early hiv-1 infection can also be entirely asymptomatic. The time from exposure to symptomatic disease is typically 2 to 4 weeks, and the duration of illness is generally days to weeks. ...Read more

Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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How much time it take to develop the symptoms of hiv?

How much time it take to develop the symptoms of hiv?

Varies per person.: Within a few weeks of being infected with hiv, some people develop flu-like symptoms that last for a week or two, but others have no symptoms at all. People living with HIV may appear and feel healthy for several years. However, even if they feel healthy, HIV is still affecting their bodies, and can be spread to other people. Swollen lymph glands and fatigue are common symptoms after a few years. ...Read more

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How much time does it take before the HIV symptoms appear?

How much time does it take before the HIV symptoms appear?

HIV viremia: Most people do not get symptoms when they are exposed to HIV. But, if one gets symptoms, they would come about ten days after infection and would mimic the flu: muscle aches, fatigue, and perhaps a fine body rash. Remember HIV infection can now be fully prevented. Treatment started within 72 hours after exposure is effective. There is also now a pill to prevent HIV infection taken before exposure ...Read more

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How much time it take to develop the first symptoms of hiv?

How much time it take to develop the first symptoms of hiv?

Variable: Symptoms may be totally non-existent for years after getting HIV infected, because most are a result of prolonged progressive damage to the immune system. Signs are predominantly laboratory data, showing decrease in cd4 counts, increased viral loads, etc. There may be physical findings of enlarged lymph nodes or spleen but these are quite variable. ...Read more

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Hi, have a good time...I just want to ask the early symptoms of hiv?

Hi, have a good time...I just want to ask the early symptoms of hiv?

Early HIV symptoms: The first symptoms of HIV infection are often minimal, non-specific and transient. This time frame is called sero-conversion when the body is producing an immune reaction to the virus. Symptoms may include headache, not feeling well, rash, fatigue, sore throat and muscle aches. As mentioned, the symptoms are non-specific and the person may attribute them to having the flu or other minor illness. ...Read more

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How much time does the symptoms of HIV need to start showing in the body? And what are they?

How much time does the symptoms of HIV need to start showing in the body? And what are they?

Early as 2-4 weeks: People newly infected with HIV can see symptoms of "the worst flu ever" within 2-4 weeks of infection. Fever, sore throat, swollen glands, fatigue, rash, headache, body pains. Not everyone gets sick like this however. Sometimes it can take up to 10 years after infection to have these symptoms. If you are having unprotected sex you should get tested for HIV regularly and use condoms regularly. ...Read more

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What happens if I have had almost all HIV symptoms in 3 months time, does that mean I have it?

Misinformed>: Since you did not describe your symptoms then I cannot comment. I can just teach you that there are no common symptoms of an early HIV infection. If there are symptoms they are transient and not persistent. I'd love for you to share what specifically you are worrying about. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

For what length of time can a person be HIV positive without having any physical symptoms/signs?

Sometimes Years: There are some people called "slow progressors" that never develop any signs or symptoms of HIV infection & they are often surprised to find from routine bloodwork that they are positive for hiv. These people can, however, pass along the virus. That is why it is important for anyone the is sexually active in a non-monogomous relationship to be tested regularly. ...Read more

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more